Administration

Shelterwood Academy is a Christ-centered therapeutic boarding school for teens struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges.

CEO

Jim Marvine
President and Chief Executive Officer

As Shelterwood’s President/CEO, Jim Marvine has a rich history with Shelterwood and our founder Richard Beach. He came to Christ in his late 20’s during a family weekend when his brother was at Shelterwood in the early days of the ministry. Richard Beach lived with Jim and his family when our current campus was first acquired and launched. Jim was actively involved in Richard Beach’s Sky’s the Limit inner city camp in Kansas City for two years and has spent most of his career serving Jesus in some capacity. Jim’s daughter was a mentor at Shelterwood, which led to her career as an addiction counselor.

Jim is a well-respected ministry and business leader with a long track record of success. Most recently, Jim was CEO of Behind the Walls, Bill Glass evangelism training and prison ministry in Texas since 2012. Jim also has over 20 years of healthcare experience in physician practice management and medical sales. He is an ordained minister and spent two years on staff at Grace Community Church in Arlington, Texas as Director of Men’s Ministry.

Jim and his wife Sue have been married for forty years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Jim is a graduate of Kansas University, and they have deep ties to Kansas City and to the Shelterwood community, including a vast network of ministry and business relationships.

Admissions & Outreach

Kylee Wright
Admissions Advisor

You’ll find Kylee at the front line of the intake process, communicating with parents on how
Shelterwood can best serve their families. She also assists with tours, client intakes and provides support and encouragement as parents and students search for healing. She loves being able to walk alongside parents as they search for a home away from home for their child — forming relationships and witnessing firsthand the transformation kids go through during their time here. Kylee will be the first to tell you that students come in confused and hurt from life experiences, but they leave the program with increased self-awareness and smiles on their faces, ready to take on life outside of Shelterwood.

Kylee is an avid traveler and has been to many countries across the globe. But her favorite place on earth is fishing from a kayak on her family’s land. Helpful hint: you might want to stay away from Kylee on UFC fight nights. She’s more passionate about that than most others about the sport.

Laurell Ogle
Admissions Advisor

As one of our admissions advisors, Laurell loves getting to chat with families that are interested in Shelterwood — offering hope and the restorative possibilities of the community here. She coordinates intakes, gives tours and welcomes new families into our Shelterwood family (and it truly is a family). In addition to the co-workers and clients at Shelterwood, she also has a family at home … Laurell and her husband have four children ranging from ages 6 to 18, plus two cats and a dog. Which means that weeknights and weekends are packed, with everything from church and 4H to sports and movie nights.

Recruiting

Hector Contreras
Recruiting Coordinator

People who work with Hector would say he’s a ball of energy. Which makes him the perfect person to manage the students and staff of the guys’ house at Shelterwood. He loves human interaction, and the fact that it feels like family here. Of course, if he wants to not have human interaction, he could always run another marathon (because we, for one, won’t be joining him on that endeavor).

Colin Eurit
Recruiting Coordinator

Fundraising & Development

Darlene Bahr
Executive Director of Development

Darlene is responsible for maintaining current partner relationships, identifying and contacting potential partners, and writing and researching grant and foundation proposals (for starters). All the hard work she does is to ensure that Shelterwood has the funds to run smoothly. She is in her element when she’s meeting and talking with people, strategizing with the executive team, and working with her coworkers in outreach and marketing to implement plans and ideas. She and her husband have three grown children and seven grandkids, and she has been singing professionally for years in many different venues. The place she’s most passionate about performing in is the over 300+ prisons and jails she’s visited with many other entertainers.

Scott Smith
Director of Training and Program Development

Scott is the perfect blend of serious and goofball, and makes sure our incoming staff has all the
knowledge they need to excel in the roles they are in. He also plans fun monthly activities for the campus to engage in together as a community (which is where that ‘goofball’ part comes in handy). He will be quick to tell you that one of the highlights of his job is to see people in a high-stress environment laughing and truly enjoying each other. He also loves seeing firsthand when a staff member experiences the power of connection and the opportunity to restore a family’s relationship and hope for the future. A little-known fact about Scott? He enjoys carving wooden spoons.

Casey Kapple
Director of Spiritual Formation

At Shelterwood, Casey leads and sets up opportunities for students, parents and staff to encounter God and grow in their relationships with Jesus, themselves and others. As an ordained minister and graduate of Heartland Community Church’s seminary program, he has spent the last two decades working with teenagers and families in the Kansas City area and is passionate about creating environments for life transformation and restoring broken relationships.

His connection to Shelterwood began when he was young, when the Academy’s founder helped him during a family crisis — a connection that was instrumental in helping him experience faith, hope and love during a time of trouble. He is grateful for the opportunity to provide the same experience for other young adults, furthering the vision of Shelterwood.

During his off time, Casey loves spending time with his wife and four children, enjoying the
great outdoors (and a great cup of coffee … which he drinks a lot of). Fun fact about Casey? He is always up for anything — especially if it means he gets to dress up like a character.

HR

Jennifer Price
Director of Human Resources

Jax Bell

IT Specialist

His name might sound like the main character of a spy thriller, but at Shelterwood, Jax is our IT Specialist. Which means he’s responsible for designing, maintaining and troubleshooting all of our systems, from hardware to software and everything in between—supporting staff in their mission to help our residents. In his off time, Jax is an airplane enthusiast who loves March Madness, snowboarding, playing disc golf and traveling. (We’re assuming he left out the part about all the international espionage. 

Noel Vickery
HR Administrative Assistant

If you’re a new employee at Shelterwood Academy, Noel will work with you before arriving so you’re ready to start serving the kids the moment you step onto campus. In addition to working at Shelterwood, she is currently working on attaining her Master of Social Work degree at Park University, which means she doesn’t have much free time. But if she finds a few minutes of downtime, you’ll find her reading, or spending time with family and friends.

Marketing

Christa Fitzgerl
Executive Director of Marketing

Libby Odofin
Digital Marketing Specialist

As our digital marketing specialist, Libby interacts with people on campus, capturing all the special things that happen here (and there are a lot!), and sharing them on social media, among other places. When she’s not behind the camera at Shelterwood, she’s behind the camera around Kansas City, capturing interesting pictures of every moment she can. She also enjoys relaxing in a hammock, finding cool coffee shops, speaking in random accents and hanging out with her rescue dog, Bagel. (Yes, Bagel.)

Maintenance

Mitch Trumpp
Director of Facilities and Maintenance

Mitch leads a team that oversees the grounds, buildings and vehicles at Shelterwood, ensuring that the entire campus is safe, clean, comfortable and beautiful. In addition to performing trades work, he also mentors kids through the Shelterwood trades program, teaching our students the job that he loves. When he’s not working in the great outdoors, Mitch is enjoying it — with hunting and fishing being two of his favorite weekend activities.

Larry Ussack

Maintenance Facilities

Bev Sheets

Janitor

If you’re looking for Bev, she’ll be around campus, cleaning buildings and helping with projects (and if Bev has her way, it will be outside). If you’ve ever noticed how impeccably clean and beautiful Shelterwood is, it’s thanks to Bev’s incredibly high standards. When she’s not here making sure our students and staff have a nice place to stay and work, she’s at home with her family (and hopefully getting some well-deserved rest).

Jared Trammel

Maintenance

Accounting

Dylan Tucker

Executive Director of Finances and Facilities

Duncan Kahacho

Accounting Manager

Austin Brewer

Accountant

Kitchen

Matthew Reffitt

Food Services Director